Soliloquy 39


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1) Which of the following words most closely rhymes with "moon"?
a. schlepp
b. fossil
c. June
d. parthenogenesis

2) How would you best complete this phrase: "A rose, is a rose, ____?
a. "...gently down the stream."
b. "...this is great kreplach."
c. " a rose."
d. "...annoys an oyster."

3) How many syllables are there in "lucubration"?
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4

4) Which syllable is accented in the word "kaBOOM"?
a. the first
b. the third
c. the second
d. none of the above

5) Which word best completes this phrase: "My love is like a red, red ___."
a. "juxtaposition"
b. "banshee"
c. "rose"
d. "orange"

6) If you were writing a poem and needed the name of a poetic sounding
fruit, which of the following would be your choice?
a. legume
b. anthracite
c. pomegranate
d. spam

7) Which animal is the most likely prey of the tiger?
a. eland
b. penguin
c. zoo keeper
d. octopus

8) Which color best describes "snow"?
a. turquoise
b. puce
c. white
d. magenta

9) Which of the following is a type of poem?
a. diesel
b. socket
c. sonnet
d. gingrich

10) Does it have to rhyme to be considered a poem?
a. no
b. no
c. no
d. maybe

Bruce Bentzman

This is the thirty-ninth in a series of regular reports from the life and times of Mr Bentzman. If you've any comments or suggestions, the writer would be pleased to hear from you.
For further reading, Mr Bentzman's book "The Short Stories of B.H.Bentzman" is available from Amazon.